Friday Face-Off: Fancy Font
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“The pen is mightier than the sword”
~ a cover featuring a FANCY FONT
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
YA book covers always seem have the prettiest typeface. Hence, this week I went with a book about a pair of teen sisters who live on a secluded island under the eye of their cruel, abusive father. Ever since they were little, Scarlett and Tella have both dreamed of Caraval, a legendary performance held only once a year in a far-away land. For years, Scarlett has written to Legend, the mysterious ringmaster behind Caraval, begging him to bring his show to their lonely island, but never once has she received a reply…until now.
Unfortunately, Legend’s invitation couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. Scarlett has all but given up on seeing Caraval, and there’s no way she can travel there now, with the marriage her father had arranged for her happening in about week. While she has never met her fiancé, Scarlett could hardly care; all she wants to do is leave her island for good, taking Tella with her so that they can escape their horrible father forever. What she didn’t count on, however, was her sister having different plans. On her own, Tella had made the acquaintance of a handsome sailor named Julian and arranged for her and Scarlett’s passage on his ship to attend Caraval, unwilling to let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip through their fingers.
What follows is a whimsical dark adventure, steeped in trickery, mystery, and magic. Do the covers live up to the atmosphere? Why don’t we take a look and see…
From left to right, top to bottom:
Flatiron Books (2017) – Hodder & Stoughton (2017a) – Hodder & Stoughton (2017b)
Polish (2017) – Bulgarian (2017) – Dutch (2016) – Russian (2017)
Romanian (2017) – Persian (2017) – Serbian (2017) – Japanese (2017)
I am amazed at how many beautiful covers there are for this book; I’m having a hard time picking just one. After going back and forth between several, I’m going to have to settle on the Russian edition. The bright splashes of color might be just shy of being gaudy, but it also fits the madcap, fever dream mood of the story which is full of twists and turns. There’s also something very “Disney Princess” about this image, and I love the purple dress.
Anyway, this was a tough week but I think we have a winner. But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?